Friday, 31 December 2010

As Star Wars fans we were all pleased when The Empire Strikes Back made the list of movies to be be preserved but did you know that also Airplane! is amongst the list?


Also included are the following "All the President's Men" (1976) and "The Exorcist" (1973), '70s films that made the cut included the documentary "Grey Gardens" (1976), about Edith and Edie Beale, cousins of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Robert Altman's reinvented western "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" (1971); and the disco musical "Saturday Night Fever" (1977). At least three of this year's films were directed by or feature artists who passed away in 2010: "Airplane!," the Hollywood satire starring the late Leslie Nielsen; "The Empire Strikes Back," the "Star Wars" installment directed by the late Irvin Kershner, and "The Pink Panther," the 1964 screwball comedy directed by Blake Edwards, who died Dec. 15.
According to the Belfast Telegraph Vernon Kay has said he is teaming up with legendary director Steven Spielberg for a new film.The All Star Family Fortunes presenter, who was born and raised in Bolton, will be staying close to his roots for the project.
Little details are known about the production, but Vernon tweeted: "Wow..Gonna be working with Steven Spielberg on a new film about the North West's impact on the cotton spinning industry!"
The Radio 1 DJ, who is being tipped to replace Bruce Forsyth as host of Strictly Come Dancing, added: "Today is a good day!"
According to reports, Vernon, who is married to Strictly co-presenter Tess Daly, is being eyed by BBC bosses who believe the couple on Strictly would make a "dream ticket".


Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/film-tv/news/kay-to-work-on-film-with-spielberg-15042435.html#ixzz19gduATGF







Thursday, 30 December 2010

Oscar-winning Star Wars visual-effects designer Grant McCune, who created scenes with models and miniature films for more than three decades, has died of pancreatic cancer, his production company said on Wednesday. He was 67.
McCune, who died Monday at his home in Hidden Hills, 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles, won his Oscar for 1977's Star Wars, the original installment in George Lucas' six-film sci-fi franchise.
He shared the honor with John Stears, John Dykstra, Richard Edlund and Robert Blalack.
McCune also was nominated for an Oscar in 1980 for Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Armed with a bachelor's degree in biology, McCune got his start on Jaws, when he and Bill Shourt were hired to make a giant white shark model; neither was credited on the film.
He later became a partner at Apogee Prods, where he worked on three dozen films, including Die Hard, Never Say Never Again, Big, Space Balls and Caddyshack. Striking out on his own, McCune such films as Speed, Batman Forever, US Marshals, Red Planet, U-571, Spider-Man and Serenity.
He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Marc Jacques  Marc Jacques as Darth Vader


Marc Jacques, a nine year old boy living in the U.K., is a huge Star Wars fan. Sounds like millions of other kids on the planet, right?

However, Marc suffers from the congenital disorder Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome (aka SCS or acrocephalosyndactyly type 3), which means that when he was born, Marc had no soft spot on his head. This led the front of his face to be flat in appearance and gave him a very high forehead. His head was also flat at the back as well. The condition affects his learning abilities and writing skills and has resulted in frequent headaches. Marc was only about two months old when he was diagnosed with the condition.

So far Marc has had grommets put in his ears, as the shape of his face and head make him get colds more often than normal. The procedure was to aid him in preventing glue ear (where the middle ear fills with fluid not air) and to help with his hearing. He also had a five hour operation when he was two and a half years old called fronto orbital remodeling. This was to help with the appearance of his face and head and to relieve some pressure on his brain.

Unfortunately, Marc’s headaches are once again worsening, and his parents are now waiting to hear from Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital for their next appointment. The fear is that another operation is in the cards for Marc. But given his condition, Marc’s future looks promising. Of course he will continue to need medical treatment, but Marc is such a positive little boy who enjoys life... largely because of his love of Star Wars.

His favorite character is Darth Vader. According to his mother, he loves all the Star Wars films and repeatedly watches them every night before bed and as soon as he gets up in morning on the weekends. His favorite toy is his lightsaber, and he literally sleeps with it. Marc would prefer to be Jedi than a Sith (as he says Jedi always win), and he wants to be an actor when he grows up as he said he would like to be in a Star Wars film!

One thing is certainly for sure... the Force will be with Marc, always!

In a major new entry on the official Star Wars: The Old Republic blog, BioWare world designer Eric Young has posted a lengthy essay on the design process that went into constructing the capital planet of Coruscant.

Taking readers on a guided tour of the locations players will be able to explore, Young explains how he and his colleagues went about fashioning a convincing simulation of a planet that's home to over a trillion people.

"Can anyone remember where we parked?"
The project started with research. We looked at how Coruscant was constructed in the movies, cartoons, comics, and games. Our concept team provided amazing work that gave us a vision of where the planet could go. We studied how large cities had been built in other online games, but we could find nothing so ambitious that had even been attempted, let alone successfully executed. We would be starting largely from scratch, there were numerous technical and artistic concerns to account for, and the schedule did not allow for wasted time.

It was without a doubt a daunting task, but being both a lifelong Star Wars™ fan and an intrepid explorer of online worlds I was determined to capture the grand size and scale of the city that the movies portrayed.
Also new at the official The Old Republic blog: a community Q&A in which ten of the most frequently asked questions from fans are answered -- you can read both posts in full by clicking here.

http://games.on.net/article/11101/The_Secrets_of_The_Old_Republics_Coruscant_Explained
Photo credit: AP | FILE - This 1980 publicity image originally released by Lucasfilm Ltd., Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and the character Yoda appear in this scene from "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back." The Library of Congress announced early Tuesday Dec. 28, 2010 that the film will be preserved by the Library of Congress as part of its National Film Registry. (AP Photo/Lucasfilm Ltd)

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BALTIMORE - (AP) — Darth Vader proclaiming he's Luke Skywalker's father, John Travolta preening in his underwear and an early 20th-century deaf activist communicating in sign language are among the images that will be preserved by the Library of Congress as part of its National Film Registry.
The 25 films selected this year include "The Empire Strikes Back," the 1980 sequel to "Star Wars" that many critics and fans consider the best of George Lucas' six "Star Wars" films. "Empire" shocked moviegoers with the revelation that masked villain Darth Vader was the father of hero Skywalker.
While Lucas didn't direct "Empire" — he entrusted it to the late Irvin Kershner — he got another film selected for the registry: the student short "Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB." Lucas' "Star Wars" and "American Graffiti" are also among the 550 titles in the registry.
The Library of Congress announced the selections early Tuesday. The goal of the registry, which began in 1989, isn't to identify the best movies ever made, but to preserve films with artistic, cultural or historical significance.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has chosen each of the films in the registry, culling them from suggestions by the National Film Preservation Board and the public. More than 2,100 films were nominated by the public in 2010.
Original copies of films picked for the registry are kept safe and available for viewing by future generations. The library acquires copies to preserve in its cold-storage vaults among millions of other recordings at the Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center near Culpeper, Va.
Film can rapidly deteriorate if improperly stored. About half the films produced before 1950 and 90 percent of those made before 1920 have been lost, Billington said.
This year's selections also include "Saturday Night Fever," John Badham's 1977 disco musical starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, the working-class youth known for his impressive moves on the dance floor at a Brooklyn nightclub.
It's one of five selections from the 1970s. The others are Robert Altman's revisionist Western "McCabe & Mrs. Miller;" William Friedkin's horror classic "The Exorcist;" ''All the President's Men," Alan J. Pakula's adaptation of the book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, and "Grey Gardens," a documentary about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' eccentric relatives.
The selections date back to 1891, with one of the first motion pictures ever made: "Newark Athlete," a short film of a teenager swinging Indian clubs, an exercise aid. The film was made at the Edison Laboratory in West Orange, N.J., by two pioneers of motion-picture camera technology.
Another obscure title is 1913's "Preservation of the Sign Language," a two-minute film of George Veditz, one-time president of the National Association of the Deaf of the United States. Veditz was one of the first to make motion picture recordings of American Sign Language, and in the film, he argues forcefully for the right of deaf people to sign instead of speak.
"That was a great revelation," Billington said.
As in the past, the selections show the Library of Congress has a sense of humor. Two broad comedies — "Airplane!" the 1980 disaster-film spoof, and "The Pink Panther" (1964), starring Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau — were tapped for preservation.
The most recent films chosen were "Study of a River," an experimental 1996 film about the Hudson River, and "Malcolm X," Spike Lee's 1992 biography of the civil rights leader.
Documentaries picked this year include John Huston's "Let There Be Light" (1946), which the Pentagon banned from public distribution for 35 years because of its frank depiction of psychological trauma among combat veterans.
While Billington enjoys the popular films selected for the registry, he takes more satisfaction in unearthing lesser-known titles with lasting significance. He pushes the board to find examples from underrepresented categories such as industrial and abstract films.
"The most interesting thing for me is not seeing something I like make the list, but getting educated by the list that comes out of this process," he said.

http://www.newsday.com/news/the-force-is-strong-empire-tapped-for-registry-1.2572868?qr=1

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

"Falling Skies", a new TV series about alien invasion on earth, has got its first trailer. Starting with a narration of the alien arrival from children's point of view, the clip continues to show a group of soldiers and civilians struggling against the occupying alien force.

Starring Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood, the TV series is the latest project by Steven Spielberg. Wyle is Tom, a college professor and father of two who leads the group. Bloodgood is Anne Glass, a therapist who works with the surviving children to help them cope with the traumatic situation. They are joined by Seychelle Gabriel and Will Patton as an orphaned teenager helping running the community and a fierce leader of the resistance respectively.

The drama series is scheduled to premiere on TNT sometime in June 2011.


by Alex Lucard - December 20, 2010 | Email the author

Every week, we will present a new game to be nominated for the Diehard GameFAN Hall of Fame and Hall of Shame. These nominations will occur every Monday and Friday, respectively. Our standards are just like the Baseball Hall of Fame: every game will be voted on by members of the staff, and any game that gets 75% of the vote – with a minimum of four votes – will be accepted – or thrown – into their respective Hall.
Game: Grim Fandango
Developer: LucasArts
Publisher: LucasArts
Release Date: 10/30/1998
System Released On: PC
Genre: Adventure
Who Nominated The Game: I did. Alex Lucard. The token adventure game reviewer here on the site.
Why Was It Nominated: I actually nominated Grim Fandango for several reasons, both positive and infamous. It’s one of those odd games that is almost universally considered both the best game of 1998 and the best point and click title ever. Yet it’s also the game that crashed the genre in such a way that it has yet to fully recover from. It’s a game both critically acclaimed and historically important as no game before or since has shaped an entire genre (for both good and bad) like this one.
Grim Fandango was to be the second to last LucasArts adventure game ever made (not counting re-releases) and is also considered the zenith of the company in terms of quality and critical acclaim. Considering this is the company that original gave us Sam and Max, Maniac Mansion and Secret of Monkey Island, that is pretty impressive indeed. It’s also the game that game us the GrimE engine, which is important to PC gamers as the engine’s language, Lua, would go on to form the basis of the Baldur’s Gate engine. Grim Fandango was the first game that shows Lua could not only be used to make a good game, but that it could be used to make some of the best games ever. Besides Baldur’s Gate, Grim Fandango‘s legacy regarding its engine and programming code can still be seen in a wide range of games including Brutal Legend, Tom Clancey’s H.A.W.X, Psychonauts, The Sims, and World of Warcraft.  It’s hard to believe a point and click title has descendents that diverse, but it is indeed so.


On the positive side, Grim Fandango is one of the most critically loved games of all time. Sure titles like PC Gamer and Computer Gaming World gave it their GOTY award in 1998. Those are PC oriented titles. But what about non PC gaming publications, both on the web and not? IGN listed it as the best adventure game of all time and also heaped awards on it. Now normally even mentioning IGN would make me want to bathe for a week, but this is important as IGN almost exclusively covers console games. So for a PC Game to not only be considered the best in this genre, but the best game of 1998 and later on listed as one of the 20 best games of all time, especially one that only traffics in mainstream high profile titles, is telling indeed. Gamespot also gave Grim Fandango its 1998 GOTY award, which is another shock due to how, once again, that website is almost exclusively devoted to console gaming. The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences heaped multiple awards on the game and nearly every gaming news publication gave it their GOTY award or it was at least a nominee. Never before or since has a PC exclusive title received that much love and critical acclaim from console gaming publications. Even now, it has a 93.3% aggregate at GameRankings for those of you that feel that site as any merit or bearing on a game’s quality.


read the rest here http://diehardgamefan.com/2010/12/20/diehard-gamefan-hall-of-fame-nomination-grim-fandango/
fter completing their trilogy of Star Wars spoofs, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has revealed that the Family Guy crew may turn their attention to the Star Trek movies next.
The final Family Guy Star Wars movie, which is called; ‘It’s A Trap’ spoofs Return of the Jedi and is expected to be the last episode based around the Star Wars movie franchise.
In an interview with TV Squad, MacFarlane admitted that while spoofing classic sc-fi movies is hard, he and his team have their eyes on the Star Trek movies, although he warned we might not see them for a while…
“These [episodes] are very tiring to do. It’s like doing a movie at the same time you’re doing a TV series. Particularly with animation, that’s a lot of work. We’d like to take a break before making any more parodies.”
He then added that he was grateful that Lucasfilm were so easy to work with during their Star Wars spoof trilogy…
“Doing these movies wasn’t something we had planned to do until we started dealing with Lucasfilm,” he explained. “We found them to be enthusiastic and accommodating. We thought, ‘Well, if they’re this cool, let’s see if they’d mind if we just did the whole movie.’ They were totally game.”

From http://www.nerdles.com/2010/12/22/now-that-star-wars-is-done-family-guy-writers-may-spoof-star-trek-next/

Monday, 27 December 2010

Irvin Kershner considered it "a freak of fate" that he was best known for "The Empire Strikes Back," which many consider to be the best of the popular "Star Wars" film series.
Kershner died recently at 87, after a 31/2-year battle with lung cancer.
"When George (Lucas) approached me, at first I wouldn't agree," Kershner said in 1997. "I didn't want to follow a picture like 'Star Wars,' because what could I do that was different? But George said, 'I want to make a picture that is better than the first one. Because if the second one is not successful, that kills the whole series.'"
It took him nearly three years to make "The Empire Strikes Back," which was released in 1980.
"I really knocked myself out," he said. "I was able to go deeper into the characterization. I was doing the second act of a three-act play, or the second movement of a symphony. That's always the slower movement. I could not have a grand climax, I had to leave things ambiguous. My big climax came at the beginning of the film, with the battle in the snow, then I told the story of the people."
Kershner taught screenwriting at the University of Southern California in more recent years. A former documentarian whose more than 40-year career included work in television, Kershner earned his first credit as a feature film director for the low-budget 1958 crime drama "Stakeout on Dope Street."
He went on to direct 14 other feature films.
"He was a director of extraordinary versatility," said Peter Rainer, film critic for The Christian Science Monitor. "If you look at the reach of his movies, from 'Empire Strikes Back' to 'Loving,' one of the most nuanced and powerful Hollywood films ever made about a marital breakup, I'd say he was probably the most successful versatile director in Hollywood. He could do just about anything really well, from science fiction to cult thrillers to domestic dramas to Westerns to romantic comedies."
Lucas, who attended Kershner's lectures at USC when he was a film student in the 1960s, said he considered him a mentor.
After "Star Wars," Lucas said, "I knew one thing for sure: I didn't want to direct the second movie myself. I needed someone I could trust, someone I really admired and whose work had maturity and humor. That was Kersh all over. I didn't want 'Empire' to turn into just another sequel, another episode in a series of space adventures. I was trying to build something, and I knew Kersh was the guy to help me do it."
In 1970, film critic Pauline Kael described Kershner as a director "who has been on the verge of broad recognition for over a decade."
Twenty years later, Rainer wrote in the Los Angeles Times that Kershner was "criminally underrated."
Most of Kershner's movies, Rainer said recently, "didn't just jump out at you; they were very subtle, understated, beautifully crafted."
He "had a great ability to showcase the powerhouse actors in roles that showed off their softer sides as, for example, Barbra Streisand in 'Up the Sandbox,' Robert Shaw in 'The Luck of Ginger Coffey' and Sean Connery in 'A Fine Madness.'"


Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/12/19/1915656/empires-irvin-kershner-had-extraordinary.html#ixzz18Zefktxg

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Friday, 24 December 2010



Due out in March next year, Telltale Games’ Tales of Monkey Island will be hitting retailers in the UK, Scandinavia, and some other European territories, as well as New Zealand and Australia.
We’ll bring adventure game fans what they have been waiting so long for: A fantastic Collector’s Edition of all the Tales of Monkey Island episodes, plus more”, says Jason Codd, Lace Mamba Global’s European Managing Director. “We’re very excited about this partnership with Telltale games and very grateful that they have chosen us to be their publishing partner in these important territories.”
Tales of Monkey Island was originally released as five episodes, each one a new chapter that makes up the latest game of the Monkey Island series. It continues the adventures of comical protagonist Guybrush Threepwood, this time involving a brush with voodoo curses and possessed pirates.
Expect to see the Tales of Monkey Island Collectors Edition for PC in shops on March 25, 2011.

http://www.criticalgamer.co.uk/2010/12/17/tales-of-monkey-island-gets-2011-retail-release/
Merry Christmas everyone.  Thebeardedtrio wish you all have a special day and brings much joy.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

US paleontologists say most bird-like dinosaurs ate plants

 

BIRD-like dinosaurs long believed to be carnivorous predators were in fact plant lovers, with the notable exception of dedicated hunters such as Tyrannosaurus Rex, US paleontologists say.

Lindsay Zanno and Peter Makovicky of the Field Museum in Chicago used statistical analysis to conclude that 90 species of theropod dinosaurs ate a plant-based diet, especially among coelurosaurs, the most bird-like dinosaurs.

The results were in sharp contrast to a widespread belief among paleontologists who say theropod dinosaurs hunted their prey, especially those closest to the ancestors of birds.

"Most theropods are clearly adapted to a predatory lifestyle, but somewhere on the line to birds, predatory dinosaurs went soft," Dr Zanno explained.

Dr Zanno and Dr Makovicky found nearly two dozen anatomical features were statistically linked to direct evidence of plant eating among coelurosaurian dinosaurs, such as the loss of teeth or a long neck.


"Once we linked certain adaptations with direct evidence of diet, we looked to see which other theropod species had the same traits ... Then we could say who was likely a plant eater and who was not," Dr Zanno said.

Through their analysis, the researchers found that 44 theropod species distributed across six major lineages ate plants and that the ancestor to most feathered dinosaurs and modern birds had probably already stopped eating meat only during the Cretaceous Period, some 145 million to 65 million years ago.

In light of the large number of plant eaters during that period, the carnivorous diet of T Rex, Velociraptor and other meat-eating coelurosaurs should be viewed "more as the exception than the rule," Dr Zanno said.

"It's time to start seeing these animals in a new evolutionary context," Dr Zanno said.

The researchers also suggested that these big predators and their close relatives may have in fact evolved from omnivorous ancestors.

The study was published in this week's edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/us-paleontologists-say-most-bird-like-dinosaurs-ate-plants/story-fn3dxity-1225974592981

 

Muppet Christmas Carol - Marley And Marley





Wednesday, 22 December 2010

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If you’re a Star Wars collector, hold off on buying any more Christmas gifts until after the New Year; you’ll be glad you did. George Lucas is releasing a deluxe edition of still frames from each of the six Star Wars movies that he personally selected over the space of a few years. After sifting through more than 200,000 frames per film, Lucas said this about the chosen images:
“Cinematography is not about technology. It’s about lighting, it’s about composition, it’s about taste. In the end, it’s about understanding your craft.”
Though it will set you back $3,000, the case itself appears to be of high quality hardwood, which houses the real treasure, six spring-loaded booklets of frames. Each side of the case features a sculpted medallion (one of Darth Vader, one of Yoda) and the centerpiece holds a numbered certificate of authenticity. Hit the jump to watch a short behind-the-scenes clip of Lucas selecting the frames and more images of the collection itself.

The collection will be available from shop.starwars.com beginning January 8, 2011. There are only 1,138 pieces available in this limited edition. For those of you who think this number is strange, it refers back to THX 1138, Lucas’s first film and a number that is featured throughout the Star Wars movies.
star_wars_framesWhile the price is pretty steep and some people will accuse Lucas of simply squeezing more money out of his franchise, the above clip hints at how much time Lucas actually put into the preparation of this set. He and his crew viewed over a million frames of film over a two year period beginning in 2005. Lucas makes it clear that each frame must have significance, not only in the world of Star Wars, but in the world of filmmaking. Even the positioning of the frames next to each other in the set carries weight, as he says they “complement each other.”
This is probably as close as you’ll get to seeing the world of Star Wars through the eyes of its creator. Whether you think the set is worth the money will depend on how big a fan you consider yourself…and how deep your pockets run.

VISIT http://collider.com/star-wars-frames-book/66201/ to watch the video
The game is set six months after the events of the last movie when the DeLorean reappaears in Hill Valley and Marty must travel back to get help from a teenage Doc and save the space time continuum. Players will get to explore Hill Valley as well as experience some alternate timelines in classic Telltale style.

The game coincides with the 25th anniversary of the first movie which was re-released in cinemas earlier this year as well as an impressive Blu-ray box set with lots of cool stuff.
 Speaking from "a car park somewhere in California", the man behind the music and audio in one of the world's most successful video games is having a break. "I've just come off Starcraft II," says Russell Brower between gulps of coffee. "That was a really nice project, and now it's all hands on deck with Cataclysm [the new expansion for World of Warcraft, just out]. We're still fine-tuning when and where and how things will play."

Location is important, too. "For Starcraft II we wanted a 'plastic dome' sound, so we recorded on a wonderful stage at Sky- walker Sound [at George Lucas's famous Skywalker Ranch] in northern California. Sometimes your epic score relies on where you record it. With World of Warcraft we recorded in a large chapel in Seattle that had a 14-metre-high ceiling. It's a very different sound to a movie recording-stage - sort of a Bronze-Age sound. It really suits World of Warcraft."

Read the full article at Wired.co.uk

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Harrison Ford doesn’t want to kill Indiana Jones. That might not seem like a sure thing based on the franchise-tainting Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but setting that aside, Ford doesn’t want the actual whip-wielding character to die.
At the very least, his recent comments expressing his desires to kill off Indy aren’t accurate. An alleged insider recently told Showbiz Spy that Ford and Steven Spielberg were warming up to the idea of killing the iconic hero in a possible fifth film, with Indy passing the torch to his son Mutt (Shia LaBeouf) before kicking the bucket.
“George especially is resisting the notion but Steven is considering it. Funnily enough Harrison wanted the same for Han Solo in the final Star Wars but George put an end to it. This time he doesn’t have all the say though.”
But don’t worry, the bad man isn’t coming to inappropriately fondle your childhood, at least not yet. Ford’s representatives tell Huffington Post that his reported interested in killing Indiana Jones simply isn’t true, which hopefully means there won’t be a fifth franchise-killing movie coming at all.
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Lucasfilm Ltd released a sneak peek video showing fans what’s in store for The Clone Wars when it returns from mid-season hiatus on January 7th, 2011. In the clip, we see some exciting developments for the series, including young padawan Ahsoka Tano’s apparent turn to the dark side.
Very exciting stuff and should really shake up what many have complained is a rather boring storyline thus far in Season 3. In the video, we get to see Jedi Master and Jedi Council member Even Piell in ‘on-guard’ position and Ashoka, Anakin Skywalker’s Togruta Jedi padawan, battling her master.
Be sure to let us know in the comments section your thoughts about Season 3 of The Clone Wars. Are you excited about the upcoming episodes? Or not so much?

Monday, 20 December 2010

British actor Alex Pettyfer is to star as racing driver James Hunt in a major Hollywood film about the race ace's life.
The film is being made by Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks studio.
It is being adapted from Tom Rubython's book 'Shunt: The Story Of James Hunt'.
Hunt, who died from a heart attack at the age of 45 in 1993, was one of the leading Formula One drivers of the 1970s, picking up the world F1 title in 1976.
Alex Pettyfer
James Hunt
Striking resemblance: With their wavy blond locks there are a lot of similarities between Alex Pettyfer (left) and James Hunt the F1 driver he will play for the film
He won the hearts of the British public with his devil-may care attitude during Grand Prix races against rivals like Niki Lauda.
Known as "hunt the shunt", he was also known for his prolific love life and was said to have bedded up to 5,000 women.
In 1976 he reached the peak of his career on the track when he became Formula One champion after holding off the threat from his friend and great rival Niki Lauda.
Two years later he was devastated after the death of his close friend, Swedish driver Ronnie Petersen.
James Hunt racing in Jarama, Spain, in May 1976 the year he became the Formula One World Champion
James Hunt racing in Jarama, Spain, in May 1976 the year he became the Formula One World Champion
Hunt had desperately tried to save Petersen after his car burst into flames in the Italian Grand Prix and dragged him from the burning vehicle.
Petersen died from his injuries leaving Hunt to question his future in the sport.
After retiring from Formula One he became a commentator for the BBC.
Pettyfer, 20, bears a striking resemblance to Hunt.
He is also about to star in the sci fi thriller 'I am Number Four' and is said to being groomed for stardom by Spielberg.
Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke reported that Pettyfer will also produce the film along with John Palermo who was a producer on the film Wolverine with Hugh Jackman.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1339997/F1-performance-Teen-star-Alex-Pettyfer-set-star-legendary-racing-driver-James-Hunt-new-major-Hollywood-film.html#ixzz18fgIa77O
This Sunday, multimedia comic whiz Seth Green debuts Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III (Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. ET), his third send-up of George Lucas’s ubiquitous space saga. But Green’s involvement in that Galaxy Far, Far Away runs deeper than imagining a “Yo Momma Fight” between Luke Skywalker and Emperor Palpatine. He’s also voiced two characters on Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars (read our recaps here), including the son of George Lucas’s Revenge of the Sith character Baron Papanoida (“That’s like the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me,” he says. “I just hope they make action figures.”) And now he’s developing an animated comedy series directly with Lucasfilm that will be set in the Star Wars galaxy. We chatted with the man who brought you “Admiral Ackbar Cereal” and “Jar Jar Binks for Gecko Insurance” about his new special, why Star Wars is endlessly ripe for parody, and his effort to redeem the aforementioned Gungan.
On making fun of Star Wars: Star Wars is endlessly available for parody. George has joked that he made the movie as cannon fodder for MAD magazine. For us, I don’t know we would make another episode. Matt and I are looking at this other show we’re making for [Lucasfilm] and we’re thinking there may be greater opportunities for comedy with that.
On the new animated comedy series he’s developing with Robot Chicken co-creator Matt Senreich for Lucasfilm: I literally can’t tell you anything about it, but I will say this: It won’t look like any Star Wars you’ve seen. It’s a whole new aesthetic. 
On what separates Robot Chicken Episode III from the previous installments: The first one we made included every joke that every nerd has been thinking for the last 25 years, and we put them on TV in sketch format. With the second one we experimented with the idea of telling specific stories, centering around the same characters and catching up with them in sequence, like following the bounty hunters Darth Vader hires in Empire and showing how they all got that job. Then Matt had the idea of telling the entire series of Star Wars in one episode through the eyes of a few key characters — namely, the Emperor, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and Gary the Stormtrooper — and that’s what this is.
On mining the prequels for humor: There’s so much important storytelling there. With all that character development, that’s where our comedy comes from. Like for that scene in our new special [which parodies Padme’s rejection of Anakin in a romantic candlelit room from Attack of the Clones by showing her stripping for him], we took Anakin’s dialogue exactly from that scene in the movie. Watch that scene. That’s exactly his dialogue. And we were like, what is she doing? It’s unfair, I’ve got to say. I think she’s leading him on.
On rehabilitating Jar Jar through comedy: It was kind of awesome, because there was such an imbalanced [negative] response to that character. Then we made our second special, and Ahmed Best (Jar Jar’s vocal performer) won an Annie Award for his performance. I was so excited to be able to participate in that. I also came to the realization that there is a generation of kids for whom Jar Jar is their favorite character. I always loved C-3PO, and George has said that teenagers and adults hated C-3PO and that’s why in Empire he has Han Solo power him down and say “Will you shut that guy up?” He said the audience cheered when he did that. And I remember thinking “Oh no, not 3PO!” It’s the same thing with Jar Jar. Adults hate him, but kids loved him. In Episode III, we’ve also tried to give him a little redemption, like maybe he wasn’t tricked, maybe he wasn’t manipulated into handing Palpatine power. Maybe he was evil all along, and his way of ruining the galaxy was to act like a bumbling idiot and get in a position of power where he could hand Hitler the keys to the universe.
On claims that Jar Jar was a racial stereotype: It’s tough. A lot of racial sensitivity comes from people’s own insecurities about the way they see things, and they’re concerned about whether or not they’re politically correct or sensitive enough. People tend to overreact when they want a political platform to stand on. Our country’s getting more and more diverse, we’ve evolved enough as a culture to see that there are hundreds of different kinds of people on the planet, and there’s no point in hating people as a group. But within that everyone becomes hypersensitive because they don’t want to offend anyone or hurt anyone’s feelings, so they overcompensate.
On why fans sometimes don’t recognize George Lucas’s sense of humor regarding Star Wars: I think Star Wars has been closely guarded. It’s the most pirated brand on the planet. You’ve got to fiercely protect that legally, every day. I can’t imagine how much [George] spends every day just renewing trademarks and copyrights. Do you know how many different names there are in the Star Wars universe? That’s all out of pocket. So I think it’s easy for people to misinterpret that. George also doesn’t go out of his way to be in the public eye…In today’s culture, we have such an expectation of knowing the most intimate details about celebrities even though we’re not friends with them, and George never plays in to that. So in the absence of an awareness of his sense of humor, people infer the opposite.
On whether Star Wars fans are funnier than fans of other franchises: Well, Star Wars has had more time to cross generations. It’s relatable on such a basic level, and so all these people who grew up loving it and found it hugely influential to their own creativity have kind of discovered that commonality amongst themselves. It’s like, “Oh, we all love Star Wars. I guess it’s now okay for us to celebrate this thing we got our asses kicked for loving when we were kids.”

From http://insidetv.ew.com/2010/12/16/seth-green-robot-chicken-star-wars-episode-iii/
Please sir I want some cheese.  To celebrate what could possibly be the best Christmas movie ever we are going to post a song from the movie every day until Christmas to get you in the mood.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Sega Killer Shark "Video" Game 

Played @James Game Center during summer 08' arcade session, the game is fully working !
This cabinet can be seen in the movie "Jaws" (Les dents de la mer), in the gamecenter on the beach !

Killer Shark, Sega, 1972, shark moves around and the player shoots it with a spear gun. It has a series of slides on a wheel that make the shark move and thrash around when shot. Electronic sound and 8-track player. Same game as Sega's Sea Devil, but Sea Devil had a manta ray instead of a shark.

 

 







Pics from http://www.pinrepair.com/arcade/shark.htm 

 Heres a short clip showing the game in the Steven Spielberg Classic Jaws

 The Guardian publishes details of U.S. diplomatic cable that says Arab League blacklisted Spielberg after he donated $1 million to Israel during Second Lebanon War.

American director Steven Spielberg was blacklisted by the Arab League's Central Boycott office after making a $1 million donation to Israel during the Second Lebanon War in 2006, the British daily the Guardian reported on Friday.
The Guardian report was based on a U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks. The cable was sent in 2007 to Washington from the U.S. embassy in Damascus.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Apparently 17 minutes of never-before-seen footage from Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' have been discovered in pristine condition. Some of the shots include more from the 'Dawn of Man' sequence, Frank Poole jogging and more. No word on whether they will be included in a future DVD/Blu-ray release.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Star-Wars-ESB-Dairylea-Cheese-Box-and-Transfers-Rare-UK-/230528290819?pt=UK_Collectables_SciFi_fantasyCollectables_EH&hash=item35ac8e9003

Star Wars ESB Dairylea Cheese Box and Transfers Rare UK








Heres your chance to get hold of a very very rare Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back cheese box and transfer sheet.
This is one of the hardest to find UK Star Wars food items, the box is in good condition for its age. The base has a stain on it (see photos) and is not the correct base but it is from the same era.

£125 
Cowboys and Aliens - Starring Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, and Clancy Brown

Release date: July 29, 2011

Friday, 17 December 2010

Harrison Ford 

Sources say the Hollywood star has told creator George Lucas and director Stephen Spielberg that he wants the whipcracking adventurer to meet his maker in a fifth and final adventure.
“Harrison thinks it would be good for Indy to die and pass on his hat to his son in the next one,” reveals an insider.
“George especially is resisting the notion but Steven is considering it. Funnily enough Harrison wanted the same for Han Solo in the final Star Wars but George put an end to it. This time he doesn’t have all the say though.”
Ford, 68, recently revealed he got asked for ID while trying to buy beer.
“I went to buy some beer the other day and got carded!” he said.
“I said, ‘I’m 68 years old,’ and he said, ‘Young people complain about being singled out, so we ask everyone to show proof.’
“I said ‘take a look at me. Are you kidding?’ But he still wanted to see it.”


http://www.indianajonestheexhibition.com... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkdcHArwczY
In April 2011, Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology takes fans through through the films and into the real world, exploring treasures both real and imagined. In collaboration with X3 Productions and National Geographic, Lucasfilm brings one of their most popular heroes to life in a new exhibit! Check out the site to learn more about this awesome event! By fans and for fans, this will be the source for Indy updates as the countdown to April 28th begins! 
You can follow Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology on Twitter and facebook.
I Am Number Four official Trailer #2 2011© ®[HD]

Release Date: February 18th, 2011© ®

directed : D.J. Caruso Co-produced Steven Spielberg

cast: Dianna Agron, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Alex Pettyfer, Kevin Durand,
Director: D.J. Caruso

A second theatrical trailer has been released for 'I Am Number Four',
a sci-fi pic that still looks like 'Twilight' -- albeit with aliens and more explosions.

A second theatrical preview for the film -- which was
co-produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye) --
has made its way online. DreamWorks Pictures hopes this will be the first entry in a new
hit franchise and will release
I Am Number Four in IMAX theaters early next year

John is an extraordinary teen, masking his true identity
and passing as a typical high school student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him.
Three like him have already been killed .

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Last week it was announced that composer Hans Zimmer would write the score for the upcoming Warner Bros reboot Superman: The Man of Steel. The news swept the internet like wildfire and before you knew it everyone was excited about Zimmer’s latest gig, everybody except for the man himself. According to THR, Zimmer has no plans to score the new Superman or try to improve upon John Williams’ original work.

Here’s the previous report from Thompson on Hollywood regarding the job.

“On Jan. 1 he starts scoring Chapter 4 in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which shot months ago in Hawaii. He’ll follow that with the Sherlock Holmes sequel, a Kung Fu Panda follow-up; then he’ll work on Nolan’s new Superman chapter.”

That was then and according to THR everything got blown out of proportion and there’s no way Zimmer would consider taking on the property. Zimmer said, “You know, it’s like some dirty quote taken out of context. Let’s just be absolutely straight here: I have never in my life met Zack Snyder.” He then went on to say that attempting to rework Williams’ original Superman theme would be like “rewriting Beethoven’s ninth.”

http://screencrave.com/2010-12-06/update-hans-zimmer-not-scoring-new-superman/

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

 John Williams Christmas Star from the Home Alone soundtrack.  Ten days to go.

Some celebrities aren't just pretty faces. A few of them are also touched with that Yankee prowess for tinkering and invention. In this weekly series, we introduce you to the Patents of the Rich and Famous. And maybe you learn a little bit about how patent literature works along the way. Inventor: Steven Spielberg
Known For: Think of your favorite movie of all time. Steven Spielberg probably had something to do with it. Since the 1975 release of Jaws, Spielberg has been pumping out Academy Award-winning blockbusters. He produces. He directs. He designs video games. And he's been doing it for over four decades.
He also invents.
How does he find the time for it all? He doesn't, which is why he invented a device meant to help save time for someone always on the go.
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Invented Apparatus: "Method and apparatus for annotating a document"
Think Google Docs, but with voices. Spielberg invented a device that not only allows users to edit a document from anywhere in the world, but also recognizes verbal annotations:
An embodiment of the invention describes a system that enables people to add verbal annotations (i.e. add comments) to a digital document such as a movie script, book, or any other type of document. This device provides the reviewer with an improved way to interact and comment upon documents while on the move.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2010/12/celebrity-invention-steven-spielbergs-audio-editing-device/67450/
PC and Mac players can now team up with the Republic Online
Sony Online Entertainment, LucasArts and TransGaming have announced the launch of the Mac version of Clone Wars Adventures, an action-packed online game set in the world of the hit television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Clone Wars Adventures is a virtual world where players can go online to experience fun minigames, daily activities, events, rewards, lively social environments and competition. The game lets players duel iconic adversaries with their own custom Lightsaber, speed through the galaxy in a custom Starfighter, defeat enemies and take down starships.
 

Tuesday, 14 December 2010




 Sources close to the production of Super 8 are claiming that it is in fact viral marketing to promote the upcoming J.J. Abrams film. There’s also video online of a young girl, who was an extra on the film, describing the scene she shot where she was attacked by the creature.
Here’s the official synopsis:
From director Steven Spielberg comes “War Horse,” an epic adventure for audiences of all ages. Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, “War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.
The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse—an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. “War Horse” is one of the great stories of friendship and war—a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is arriving on Broadway next year. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history.
Microsoft has confirmed that the 'Endor' DLC pack for Force Unleashed 2 is available now on Xbox Live marketplace.

The extra content sees Darth Vadar's secret apprentice travel across the galaxy to the forest-covered home of the Ewoks and is set during the time of Return of the Jedi.

The DLC provides an alternative perspective on the events that take place on the Ewok home planet.

"As Gamers and fans of the Star Wars universe, the infinite storyline allows us a 'what if' moment that scratches an itch by rolling the dice with established Star Wars characters or scenarios," said LucasArts executive producer Gio Corsi. "It's a pretty sweet opportunity. And yes, there will be battles with Ewoks!"



http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=280520
This past week Lucasfilm hosted a series of special screenings across the U.S. to preview the newest and baddest addition to the Clone Wars' pantheon, Savage Opress, Darth Maul's brother. Kicking off Mon. Dec. 6th in Los Angeles, other screenings were held across the subsequent three nights, in ten other major U.S. cities. Season 3 may've gone on hiatus early this month until Jan. 7th's post-holiday return, but attendees at the special screenings were treated to the entire month of January's offerings five weeks early, with the "Savage Opress" story arc. This particular series' highpoint is what fans have expectantly and patiently awaited since the sudden and surprising reveal of this brutal new character back in August by none other than George Lucas himself at August's Celebration V convention.
Lucasfilm's arrangement of these special screenings was an extravagant "Thank You" to the legion of Clone Wars' fans who've supported the series up 'til now, and what a pay-off it was! Most importantly, attendees were asked to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots charity as admission, after securing limited passes from the gofobo.com event site, which included one guest pass. Lucasfilm's history with donations to children's charities is long-standing, and it was the least fans could do to obtain admission to such a rare event.
Aside from the special treatment they received in the form of a big-screen feature-length arrangement of this trilogy of episodes, fans received all sorts of free swag, including Savage Opress T-Shirts, theatrical one-sheet posters, Clone Wars tattoos, $10 Station Cash coupons for the online Clone Wars Adventures game, and free small popcorn and medium drink coupons for the concessions. If this wasn't enough to warrant long-drives for out-of-town guests, the content of the story arc, and the special advance-look trailer showing glimpses of the remainder of Season 3 (preceded by a video introduction by Series Director Dave Filoni), more than justified any amount of trouble one may've had to go to in order to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event. Some locations even included guest appearances by Clone Wars' voice cast members and representatives of LucasFilm, making this a celebratory kick-off to a game-changing turn for season 3.

Read the rest here http://www.examiner.com/clone-wars-in-national/charity-event-reveals-the-clone-wars-biggest-secret-to-date-review

Star Wars Arcade Falcon Gunner iPhone 4 Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gun for iPhone 4 Pushes the Limits and Succeeds

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This game will sell, sell a lot and that’s even before many people have played the game just because it’s part of the huge brand that is Star Wars.  A global phenomenon that has lasted centuries and shows no signs of abating.

In Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gun you step into the gun turret of none other than the Millenium Falcon defending yourself against multiple waves of TIE fighters, Star Destroyers and Asteroids around the Death Star and other areas from the movie including my favorite, the impressive Kessel Run .
Fans of the Star Wars genre will be pleased with the amount of original content thrown into the game, from the intro and between episode movies to the in game menus and in game speech the game oozes authenticity.  While some of the in game commentary from your crew can get a little repetitive hearing chewbacca growl every now and again never grows old.
If you take away all of the Star Wars glitter the game is ultimately a relatively simple arcade fighter where after stepping into the gunners seat you get to fly around the various environments shooting down all everything that is thrown at you.  It’s all done very intuitively, your gun turret is aimed using the left virtual joystick while you fire using the right joystick.  Steering is controlled using the accelerometer while speed is fixed so you have nothing to worry about there.
Upgrades to your Millenium Falcon can be earned by winning credits, however after earning your initial 10 credits which is enough to buy a single upgrade additional credits are hard to come by.  There’s one reason for this and that because you can additionally purchase these upgrade via in app purchasing at 99 cents per upgrade.  I can see why this has been done, in fact it’s the best of both worlds, you play hard and you earn the rewards, want to take a short cut then spend the money, I just think 99 cents per upgrade when there are 10 of the to unlock could potentially price the app at almost $15!
Star Wars Arcade Falcon Gunner App Store Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gun for iPhone 4 Pushes the Limits and Succeeds
Back in the game and the action comes thick and fast, turning on auto target certainly makes things easier but then again where’s the fun in that.  Each level is made up of a number of waves of enemy and should you complete the level before your shield is reduced to zero you’ll complete it.  Your shield can also be replenished while you play by shooting multiple enemies in quick succession.
There isn’t a great deal of variety in the levels other than quantity and quality of the enemies but I still never found myself getting bored which just goes to show how fun the game is, and I haven’t even got to the best part yet.
As well as playing the game with the Star Wars environments as the back drop to you fury you can instead turn on the Augmented Reality option that uses your iPhone’s camera to use your real environment as the backdrop in the game.  This adds a whole new dimension to the game play as TIE Fighters appear over your sofa, from behind the dinning or if your playing outside from behind a tree or the person running toward you to steal your iPhone!
This is great fun especially as now to steer your Millenium Falcon you have to rotate a full 360 degree’s just as if you were flying it for real.  It’s a real eye catcher and while you may not want to play the full game in this mode it’s great for a change and especially good for showing off to your friends.
Some games are a success based on their name, some based on their content, Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gun have both these, in spades!

Pros

  • Augmented reality
  • Fully licensed Star Wars content
  • Instinctive game play

Cons

  • Potentially costly in app purchases
$4.99 (View in iTunes)
Category: Games
Released: Nov 18, 2010
Version: 1.0
1.0
128 MB
Language: English
Seller: THQ, Inc.
© 2010 Lucasfilm LTD & TM & © 2010 THQ Wireless, Inc.
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Requirements:Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), and iPod touch (4th generation). Requires iOS 4.1 or later.



Read more: http://touchreviews.net/star-wars-arcade-falcon-gun/#ixzz17Akqouk3

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